With one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, Istanbul’s personality takes a little of both and melds together in a city that is hard to stereotype.
While it is known that Italy is not exactly a budget travelers destination, the accommodation in Rome is nothing short of shocking when even a hostel dorm runs on average 30 euro per person. When we found a room with shared bathroom for 35 euro for the two of us, we felt we had hit the jackpot.
The day before we were departing for Italy, I woke up with a stiff back, barely able to move. We decided that we would simply go to the walk in clinic and get some muscle relaxers, which would surely be the answer to my pain. As I waited for Nick to get ready, I suddenly felt very weak. I called my paramedic boyfriend down to see what was wrong and with a few checks of my seriously low blood pressure, and a worried look after not being able to find my radial pulse, he decided to call an ambulance. 9 hours later, we left the emergency room with some painkillers (see picture) and heart monitor sticker marks that I still can’t get off. It turns out I got positive results on all the tests I took, and with that in mind I told Nick we were definitely still leaving the next day.
Asia as a destination offers a kaleidoscope of religions and belief systems for the traveler to experience. There is certainly no shortage of spiritual places usually alive and buzzing with the faithful who arrive in droves to worship. Often some of our best experiences were simply wondering around these unique and inspiring places getting a glimpse into a belief system completely alien from our own sometimes joined by a knowledgeable local who would explain their faith.
The sheer amount of temples, mosques,pagoda’s and shrines throughout the continent is mind blowing but this post highlights the top 10 that we wont soon forget.
With so much positive feed back from all of our followers on the blog, I decided to submit a photo essay to one of the most popular online travel magazines at www.matadortravel.com.The arcticle can be seen here;
Well sort of…
Schmap, an online destination guide, used Nick’s photo of Dublin Mountains – Sally Gap for their guide. They went on his Flickr account and asked him if he would allow them to use it. I think it’s pretty damn cool but Nick didn’t want to bring attention to it on the blog so I’m posting this behind his back!